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I would not use dados on the verticals as it reduces the thickness too much. JMO. I would just use the same 2 x 2's in between the plywood as you use for the verticals, assuring they will be a snug fit. These are now "adjustable" rather than locked into "fixed" spacing, as with the dados, another advantage. I do understand about securing the support against rotation, but a screw or two from either side would have to break off to have them rotate, not likely. But suit yourself on this ..... Two 1/4" bolts would also assure against rotation.
I would also want to use the best quality wood that was available.... southern yellow pine, for instance. If you want to go "all out" use a hardwood and Birch plywood and that will knock their socks off..... just sayin'
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Thanks for all the great ideas. I may build another prototype using a 2x2 insert between the plywoods to see which design I like better. I like the fact that I would not have to cut all those dados. I admit, I was concerned about whether thinning the 2x2s might affect overall strength. I rationalized that with glue and the screws going through between the plywoods and the 2x2, it would hold. [...]
I built another prototype. This one has the 2x2 in the middle as recommended by @woodnthings. Since I tapered the plywood shelf supports from 3 inches to 1.5 inches at the end, the 2x2 matched up well. The prototype isn't exact; I took these screws from the old prototype, and they are not quite long enough. This prototype shows enough detail to get the point. I like this design better. Thanks to woodnthings for the idea.

You may not fully understand the location, but adjustability is not really an issue. The space is high, above a set of windows. Once the shelves are built and installed, we won't want or need to move them. I want to glue the shelf supports to the long 2x2s that will be mounted to the wall. I am thinking about installing the shelf supports before hanging the long 2x2s, so I can run a screw from behind the shelf support into the sandwiched piece of 2x2. That should add strength and help clamp the glue behind the sandwiched 2x2.
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post #22 of 23 Old 03-11-2018, 07:02 PM
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more suggestions ......

Reduce the dimension at the tip to 1" and increase the dimension at the vertical to 4". Definitely attach all the supports to the 2 X 2 before screwing it to the wall! Make them all identical. Use either a taut string that is leveled out or a laser level to mark all the bottoms of the supports on the wall. Then attach the verticals to the studs. Of course you must locate the studs prior to any of this.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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I have my ultra organized pile of junk on shelves hanging from 3/4" pine french cleats and they ain't going anywhere..

If it all falls down tomorrow I'll cry a lot then spend the next 3 years picking it all up off the floor..

I figured it's time to change my signature so hold your breath. This is it.
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